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It's a huge night for Australian television - viewers, executives and advertisers. The stars have been getting busy getting ready for the night for nights - The Logies, but before the big show, Channel Nine will face some massive ratings competition at 6.30pm with the season premiere of Channel Seven's 'Dancing With The Stars' squared off against Nine's own premiere of 'The Voice'.
Rupert Murdoch's Herald Sun disclosed a crafty tactic - Seven to ensure their star loaded new season gets off on the right foot are shipping in Brynne Edelsten, Grant Denyer and Bryan McFadden to a taping of DWTS instead of the Logies red carpet.
McFadden will be banking on on his fiancée Vouge Williams who is a contestant on DWTS, while his ex-fiancée, Delta Goodrem is a host on 'The Voice'. Other popular Channel Seven faces are expected to join them in the not so secret tactics.
Partner: Shannon Noll
This year Elena makes her DANCING WITH THE STARS debut.
Elena was born in a dance family so she started dancing before walking. Since her infant years Elena has always been on the dance floor dancing to all different styles of music..
During her youth Elena has won many Russian championships and awards in Latin American and Ballroom genres internationally.
Elena became a professional dancer at the tender age of 16 and she became the "World Youngest Professional Latin American Dancer" and soon after such, Elena was ranked the Top 20 dance couple in the world ranking in Latin American genre. Even since she has been performing, teaching and competing all over Europe and Asia.
The next decade marked further special achievements in Elena's career in which she won many more international competitions and championships around the world. In 2009 she hit the Top 10 professional dancers in the World ranking of Latin American. Elena's titles include being the Asian Professional Champion, Hong Kong Champion, Japanese Champion, Singaporean Champion and England Champion.
Elena has obtained her official certificate as a professional Latin American and Ballroom professional dance teacher and has the highest credentials and qualifications to teach in Russia, Hong Kong, England and Australia.
At this moment Elena Samodanova is the National Australian Professional Latin American Champion having won the 4 major dance titles down under and as a result she will now be representing Australian on the next World Dance Championship this November. This year Elena also makes her DANCING WITH THE STARS debut.
Partner: Erin McNaught
This year Gleb makes his DANCING WITH THE STARS debut.
Gleb studied drama and theatre arts at the Moscow Theatre Arts University, graduating from the Russian Theatre Arts University with Masters in Choreography. Proficient in ballet and contemporary dance and a specialist in International Latin. Gleb is also currently studying and furthering his acting career by training at the prestigious The Actors Pulse in Sydney.
He has appeared in film and television roles, and since 2007, has won six Professional Latin Dance Championships - Australasian Professional Latin Championship, Australian South Pacific Championship, Canberra Open Professional Championship, Closed Hong Kong Championship, Open Asia Tour Championship and the United Kingdom Championship.
Gleb has been ranked # 10 in the World in the Pro-Latin American division by the World Dance Council [WDC] ranking awards. (Credit: Dancing With The Stars)
Just in from Los Angeles, Australian television favourite Daniel MacPherson is ready to return to our TV screens as host of Dancing With The Stars tonight - and new co-host Mel B has got him excited.
"We had an instant connection, she nails TV, and her professionalism makes her," he said.
MacPherson is back for his 5th season and told media that live television still makes him nervous.
"It can be the most predictable show and then all of a sudden you get thrown a curve ball. That's what keeps it interesting," he said.
The 2012 series sees a talented and charismatic batch hit the dance floor.
As is often the cast there are cast members who are out-famed by their other halves. Most notably, singer/actress Danielle Spencer, wife of Russell Crowe and model Vogue Willams, fiancee of Brian McFadden.
Personally, MacPherson is in a great place and girlfriend Zoe Ventoura (Packed to the Rafters) has a lot to do with that. The pair met on the set of Aussie drama Wild Boys in 2011.
"The Mrs is great! We are returning to LA when Dancing wraps. I think she is closer to getting a job over there than me, so I might have to ride on her coat-tails," MacPherson said.
Dancing With The Stars (series 12) premieres tonight on Channel 7 at 6.30pm.
Stay tuned to this station for updates.
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